Lucretius. De Rerum Natura: Of the Nature of Things
Lucretius. De Rerum Natura: Of the Nature of Things

Lucretius. De Rerum Natura: Of the Nature of Things

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Carus, Titus Lucretius. De Rerum Natura: Of the Nature of Things; translated into English verse, by William Ellery Leonard, with an introduction by Charles E. Bennett, illustrated with wood-engravings by Paul Landacre. New York: The Heritage Club, 1957. [7938]

Red publisher's cloth with silver spine titles, 6 x 9 1/2 inches, (xx.), 318 clean pp. The book is near-fine, and you will see, has never been completely opened. With the black slipcase, intact, slightest of shelf-wear. Near fine. Hardcover.

"On the Nature of Things, a long poem written in Latin as De rerum natura by Lucretius that sets forth the physical theory of the Greek philosopher Epicurus. The title of Lucretius’s work translates that of the chief work of Epicurus, Peri physeōs (On Nature).

"Lucretius divided his argument into six books, beginning each with a highly polished introduction. Books I and II establish the main principles of the atomic universe, refute the rival theories of the pre-Socratic cosmic philosophers Heracleitus, Empedocles, and Anaxagoras, and covertly attack the Stoics, a school of moralists rivaling that of Epicurus. Book III demonstrates the atomic structure and mortality of the soul and ends with a triumphant sermon on the theme “Death is nothing to us.” Book IV describes the mechanics of sense perception, thought, and certain bodily functions and condemns sexual passion. Book V describes the creation and working of the world and the celestial bodies and the evolution of life and human society. Book VI explains remarkable phenomena of the earth and sky—in particular, thunder and lightning. The poem ends with a description of the plague at Athens, a sombre picture of death that contrasts with the depiction of spring and birth in the invocation to Venus with which the poem opens." - Britannica online.